The 2023 Watershed Plan Development RFP is open! Proposals are due October 19, 2023.
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund provides set-aside funds for the development of watershed plans to address surface water pollutants impacting source water for drinking water systems. A watershed plan can enhance or augment a source water protection (SWP) plan in that it encompasses the entire watershed that impacts the supply source, as well as the delineated source water protection area. Once a watershed plan is in place, it becomes the guidance and framework for any water quality improvement activities in that watershed. Having a watershed plan in place opens up additional funding opportunities for Section 319 grants to implement nonpoint source-reduction projects identified in the watershed plan.
South Carolina public organizations such as state agencies, local governments, public universities, soil and water conservation districts, regional planning commissions, watershed organizations, and nonprofit organizations, are eligible to receive these grants.
Proposals for SWP funding must address and/or protect ambient surface water pollutants that can impact source water for drinking water systems. Target watersheds must be located in South Carolina and contain a public drinking water intake or source water. Such watersheds can be identified by using DHEC's Watershed Atlas. If selected, applicants are expected to develop and submit a nine-element watershed plan which must be reviewed and approved by DHEC before project close. Please see the following links for more information about the watershed plan expectations.
Selected projects will be funded 100% by monies provided to SCDHEC by USEPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund set-aside for Source Water Protection. However, additional consideration will be given to proposals which show supplementary funds leveraged for watershed plan development.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:
- 2023 Watershed Plan Development RFP
- Watershed Plan Development Grant Flyer
- EPA Nine Elements
- SC Guide to Developing Watershed Plans
- Clemson University Cooperative Extension Stream Bank Repair Manual for South Carolina
- SC Green Infrastructure Plan
RESOURCES FOR CALCULATING LOAD REDUCTIONS:
- EPA's Pollutant Load Estimation Tool (PLET) and Region 5 Model
- Schueler Simple Method to Calculate Urban Stormwater Loads
- Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2)
RESOURCES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION:
- Council on Environmental Quality's Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool maps disadvantaged communities that are overburdened and underserved.
- Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments can contribute climate change adaptation information to watershed planning efforts. Email Jory Fleming, firstname.lastname@example.org or a generic organizational contact, email@example.com.
- EPA's Climate Impacts on Water Quality describes adaptation strategies to address stormwater runoff, erosion and sedimentation, and harmful algal blooms.
- EPA's Adaptation Actions for Water Quality inform and assist communities in considering possible ways to address anticipated current and future climate threats to contaminated site management.
- EPA's Green Infrastructure for Climate Resiliency describes green infrastructure strategies to manage flooding, prepare for drought, reduce urban heat islands, lower energy demands, manage water, and protect coastal areas.
- EPA has also compiled a key set of Climate Change Indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.
- FEMA's hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses.